As the boyfriend and I plan our exodus to the Caribbean, I have been reflecting on the things we’ll be leaving behind. The prompt for day six of NaPoWriMo conveniently asks that we write a valediction, or a poem of farewell. This is my attempt to say goodbye to North America as I prepare to step into the unknown.
A Valediction For The Mainland
When the sky begins to blue,
when thick pink petals fall like rain from mossy branches,
when goslings drenched in yellow are just beginning to learn how to swim
Then is the time to say goodbye.
When coats come off
and pasty legs salute the sun
as it rises ever higher in the sky.
Now is the time to say goodbye.
Goodbye to the seasons
and Christmas with snow;
Goodbye to the reasons
that I don’t want to go.
Goodbye to wide rivers
and the long open road.
Goodbye to big cities
and the heaviest load.
Goodbye to everything I have ever known.
Goodbye to traveling the world alone.